Sunday, August 24, 2014
#237 / Insha'Allah
Wikipedia tells us that the word "Insha'Allah" (or "Inshallah") is used when speaking about plans and events expected to occur in the future. "The phrase also acknowledges submission to God, with the speaker putting him or herself into God's hands."
I heard the word Insha'Allah frequently when I traveled in Egypt, and I have come to think of it as a "Two Worlds" word.
Ultimately, what we do in the human world that we create (the world in which we most immediately live) is dependent on the World of Nature, a world we did not create, and a World that encompasses all our human created realities. Our will, in our world, is not enough. Necessary but not sufficient.
I know that many are allergic to any construction that contains the word "God." However, this word aside, our plans and endeavors are ultimately dependent on conditions beyond our direct control. I find it uplifting to acknowledge this frequently.
In fact, I have taken to using "Inshallah" as my "pacing word," as I struggle with the rowing machine at the gym.
I like a reminder of where I really am.